Agricultural Sciences Major

At CALS, the interdisciplinary structure and flexible curriculum along with strong academic advising of the Agricultural Sciences major help students improve their family farms; start their own farms; and pursue careers in policy, education, research, or agricultural business. With CALS’ individualized approach to Agricultural Sciences, there is no “typical student.” Agricultural Sciences students have multi-faceted interests and want to develop as leaders within a vibrant and supportive academic community.

The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience. Students concentrate in one or more of five areas:

  • animal science
  • crop production and management
  • sustainable agriculture
  • business
  • education and communication

Sample Classes

CSS 1900 Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming, and the Future

Designed to introduce basic food production resources in the context of the human aspects of farming. The information is of general value for nonmajors and students new to the field. Several field trips enhance appreciation for the diversity of agriculture.

AEM 3020 Farm Business Management

Intensive study of planning, directing, organizing, and controlling a farm business, with emphasis on the tools of managerial analysis and decision making. Topics include financial statements, business analysis, budgeting, and acquisition, organization, and management of capital, labor, land, buildings, and machinery.

ENTOM/CSS 4440 Integrated Pest Management

Lectures integrate the principles of pest control, ecology, and economics in the management of pests across multiple systems. Labs consist of exercises to reinforce concepts presented in lecture and demonstrate pest monitoring techniques and the application of computer technology to management problems.

What recent graduates are doing

  • Food production and marketing
  • Agricultural education in high schools
  • Organic farming
  • Crop consultation

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